Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Regal Bakery introduces hot pot at Chinatown Cultural Plaza
The Super Deluxe Combo features won bok, mustard cabbage, zucchini, fish balls, enoki and shimeji mushrooms, tofu, clams, shrimp, meatballs, ribeye, chicken and look funn. The cost is $28.95 for this “small” order for two, and $44.95 for large.
Hot pot restaurants abound in Honolulu, but beyond a brief trial at the top of Smith Street, which didn’t work out, the hot pot hasn’t established roots in Chinatown.
Regal Bakery Downtown, in the Chinatown Cultural Plaza, is now giving it a try. The hot pot was introduced to help drive traffic in the evening, a time when the business district empties out. It’s also available during the day, although due to the often busy lunch traffic, I find that they don’t yet have adequate manpower to address sit-down customers. To date, some patience is required from patrons.
Some selling points include the restaurant’s MSG-free broths, including a light jook, and a roster of ingredients that include such local, homespun options as lup cheong, Spam, Vienna sausage and Chinese-style orange beef balls that are not widely available at other hot pot restaurants.
The Chinatown Cultural Plaza is at 100 N. Beretania St., and Regal Bakery faces the street. Call (808) 540-1000.
Here’s a little of what you can expect:
The Meat Lover’s Combo features a mix of prime rib, chicken and beef balls, with assorted vegetables, tofu and look funn. This is the small order, $18.95, which easily serves two. A large order is $34.95.